Slaughterhouse-Five [Blu-ray]

Slaughterhouse-Five [Blu-ray]

 Cast: Michael Sacks
Michael Sacks
, Valerie Perrine
Valerie Perrine
, Ron Leibman
Ron Leibman
, Eugene Roche
Eugene Roche
, Sharon Gans
Sharon Gans
Slaughterhouse-Five [Blu-ray]

Slaughterhouse-Five [Blu-ray]

 Cast: Michael Sacks
Michael Sacks
, Valerie Perrine
Valerie Perrine
, Ron Leibman
Ron Leibman
, Eugene Roche
Eugene Roche
, Sharon Gans
Sharon Gans


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"Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time." These opening words of Kurt Vonnegut's famous novel make an effective and short summary of a haunting, funny film. For the screen, director George Roy Hill faithfully renders Vonnegut's black anti-war comedy about Pilgrim (well played in a low key by Michael Sacks), who survives the horrendous 1945 fire bombing of Dresden then lives simultaneously in his past as a na?ve American POW and in the future as a well-cared-for zoo resident on the planet Tralfamadore (with zaftig Valerie Perrine as his mate). In the present, he's a middle-aged optometrist in Ilium, NY. If this sounds like a bit of a jumble -- it is. But viewers willing to watch carefully will find the movie as intricate and harmonious as Glenn Gould's plaintive renderings of the Bach keyboard pieces that decorate its soundtrack. It's not essential, but fans who read the short, poetic book will find it a treat in itself, and it will help them appreciate Hill's genius in bringing this "Children's Crusade" to the screen. In addition to Sacks, there are noteworthy performances by Ron Leibman (Norma's union man in Norma Rae) as Pilgrim's crazed nemesis and by radio/TV/movie legend, John Dehner as the arrogant Professor Rumfoord. Hill, of course, came to this film from a big hit, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and went on to triumph with The Sting one year later. The elaborate medieval and baroque architecture of pre-bombing Dresden was represented authentically in the film by scenes from Prague, since much of Dresden's architecture was lost to the bombing, and that city, in any case, was deep in East Germany, thus inaccessible at the time of filming.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/03/2019
UPC: 0760137312581
Original Release: 1972
Rating: R
Source: Arrow Video
Region Code: A
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Language: English
Time: 1:43:00
Sales rank: 2,851

Special Features

Brand new 4k restoration from the original camera negative, produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release ; High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation; Original losslessmono audio; Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing; New audio commentary by athor and critic Troy Howarth; News video appreciation with author and critic Kim Newman; Pilgrim's Progress: Playing Slaughterhouse-Five, a new video interview with actor Perry King; Only on Earth: Presenting Slaughterhouse-Five, a new video interview with Rocky Lang, son of Executive Producer Jennings Lang, about the film's distribution ; Unstuck in Time: Documenting Slaughterhouse-Five, a new video interview with behind-the-scenes Filmmaker/Producer Robert Crawford, Jr.; Eternally Connected: Comprising Slaugherhouse-Five, a new video interview with film music historian Daniel Schweiger; Theatrical Trailer; Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Sacks Billy Pilgrim
Valerie Perrine Montana
Ron Leibman Paul
Eugene Roche Derby
Sharon Gans Valencia
Perry King Robert
Holly Near Barbara
Friedrich Ledebur German Leader,German Leader
Roberts Blossom Wild Bob Cody
Sorrell Booke Lionel Merble
Kevin Conway Weary
Gary Waynesmith Stanley
John Dehner Rumford
Stan Gottlieb Hobo,Hobo
Nick Belle Young German Guard
Henry Bumstead Eliot Rosewater
Lucille Benson Billy's Mother
Gilmer McCormick Lily
Richard Schaal Campbell
Karl Otto Alberty German Guard
Tom Wood Englishman,Englishman
Glenn Gould Composer

Technical Credits
George Roy Hill Director
Stephen Geller Screenwriter
John Chambers Special Effects
Jennings Lang Executive Producer,Producer
Paul Monash Producer
Jim Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
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